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  • Series: Peabody Museum Collections Series
  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Peabody Museum Press (March 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873654064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873654067
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,455,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A new volume in the award-winning Peabody Museum Collections Series presents a refreshing analysis of Moche works from the magnificent collection at Harvard's Peabody Museum. In the richly illustrated [book] archaeologist Jeffrey Quilter gives readers a thorough introduction to this fascinating culture and explores current thinking about Moche politics, history, society, religion, and art. (artdaily.org)

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Jeffrey Quilter is Deputy Director of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University.

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I was born and raised in New York City. I grew up in Queensbridge Housing Projects. When I was young, two experiences developed my interests in the past. One was my trips to England with my mother to visit my grandmother and other relatives. I became fascinated in castles, Roman ruins, Stonehenge, and many other ancient and historic sites. Back in New York, my father and I would regularly make the rounds of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, and all of the other museums. These childhood experiences eventually led to my becoming an archaeologist. The single most important experience that influenced me, however, was my trip to Peru as an exchange student on my 17th birthday, an experience that came about through my volunteering as a "Junior Curator" at the Brooklyn Children's Museum and also because my parents encouraged me to go.
I went to Brooklyn Technical High School, spent a year at NYU, and then finished my undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago. I went to graduate school at the University of California, Santa Barbara where I received by M.A. and Ph.D. My research projects mostly have been in Peru although I spent almost a decade in Costa Rica when political conditions made conducting research in Peru difficult. I have taught at a number of colleges and universities as a visiting professor but I spent 15 years at Ripon College, Wisconsin, and then served as Director of Pre-Columbian Studies and Curator of the Pre-Columbian Collection at Dumbarton Oaks. From 2004 to 2012 I served as as Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Harvard University. In 2012 I was given the honor and privilege to serve as Director of the museum, a post that I currently hold.
My research has been somewhat diverse although all focused in the New World. Although I do like diversity, my work in Preceramic Peru, late prehistoric Costa Rica, Moche iconography, and Colonial Period archaeology is less due to restlessness than combination of serendipity and an interest in fields of study that intrigue me and that often were slightly off-center of the focus of most scholarship when I first became interested in them. Most interesting things happen on the edges, not in the centers.
I enjoy writing very much and I particularly like to write books for educated laypeople. My wife pointed out many years ago that what one publishes is the most public and long-lasting legacy one can leave as a scholar. I hope you will find my books enjoyable and interesting.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Joseph H. Woodside on January 4, 2012
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Archaeologist Jeffrey Quilter provides a thoughtful high level introduction to the study of Moche, an extinct pre-Inca civilization located on the west coast of northern Peru. The book grows from an exhibition at Harvard University's Peabody Museum in Boston between 2005 and 2008 for which the author served as curator. Although only a small subset of Moche items held by the Museum appears in this book, it contains many delightful color plates photographed by Mark Craig. The selection favors famous ceramics with figurine subcomponents. Among them are the Bird Faced Woman Healer; the Funeral Bundle tableau; and the "Wrinkle Face" character supported by two helpers. The strikingly enigmatic frontispiece photo demonstrates Moche mastery of ceramic portraiture. The figurines it depicts seem like a cross between a board of directors, a rogues' gallery, and a pantheon of deities. Julio C. Tello, the aboriginal Peruvian polymath, "directed" several of these ceramics to the Museum after he graduated from Harvard in the early years of the twentieth century The Life and Writings of Julio C. Tello: America's First Indigenous Archaeologist.
An overview of the cultural ecology of ancient Andean societies incorporates a gentle introduction to the literature of Peruvian archaeology. One conclusion is that Moche were probably not an imperial conquest state, as first believed. Instead, Moche represents several closely related, highly stratified societies each occupying a distinct river valley, pursuing their own spin on common cultural concerns, and facing common environmental challenges.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Francisco de Agueda on December 26, 2012
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The Moche pieces presented with the text, and some plates in the final part of the book, are quite unusual and interesting. Scientific evidence is however treated somewhat lightly.
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By MIKE on December 14, 2014
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Written with great authority.
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